This Employment and Volunteering section suggests resources for people with mental illness and their families in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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Employment Information

This table lists links to employment information, including information about employment services listed by county and community agencies that work to ensure equal opportunity employment and protect/provide job accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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Administration for Community Living330 S St SW, Washington, DC 20201. Ph: 202.401.4634. www.acl.govThe ACL advocates across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, and families and caregivers; funds services and supports provided by primarily by states and networks of community-based; and invests in training, education, research and innovation. We manage a variety of programs (authorized by several statutes), providing assistance on health and wellness, protecting rights and preventing abuse, supporting consumer control, strengthening the networks of community-based organizations, funding research, and much more. 
Americans with Disabilities ActPh: 1800.949.4232www.ada.govWebsite links to other government agencies and publications.
Disability Rights Network of PAThe Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St, Ste 400, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Ph: 215.238.8070. www.drnpa.orgA statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the federally mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities, ensure that people with disabilities have equal and unhindered access to employment, to enforce their vocational, habilitative, post-secondary educational, health and other services. Website has links to laws, regulations, reports, training materials, and links to other websites.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission801 Market St, Suite 1300, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Ph: 800.669.6820. www.eeoc.govEnforces the provisions of the Americans with disabilities Act that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of mental disabilities
Job Accommodation NetworkP.O. Box 6080, Morgantown, WV 26506. Ph: 800.526.7234www.askjan.orgSponsored by President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Has developed a list of workplace accommodations in the areas of flexibility, supervision, emotional supports, physical accommodation, wages and benefits.
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law1101 15th Street NW, Suite 1212, Washington DC 20005. Ph: 202.467.5730. www.bazelon.orgHas resources on employment, supported employment, the ADA, Title 1.

Employment Services

This table lists employment services that individuals can use to aid in their job search/job placement.
Altec Services3151 Advance Lane, Colmar, NJ 18915. Ph: 215.822.6417. www.altecservices.orgCommunity employment for Montgomery County residents who have disabilities. Provides individuals an opportunity to actively engage in employment or meaningful day service of their choosing. Employment supports include work assessments; help finding a job, and job “flow-along” support services. Can also contract services.
Baker Industries184 Pennsylvania Ave, Malvern, PA 19355 and 3506 F Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134. Ph: 610.296.9795 (Malvern) and 610.291.5700 (Philadelphia)www.bakerindustries.orgSheltered workshop that has “office” type work: mailings, collating, packaging. Hires persons with mental illness and/or addictions, and parolees. Sometimes can subcontract employee to another company or refer for permanent work.
Carelink Community Support Services Career Service Program605 Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063. Ph: 610.874.1119.www.carelinkservices.orgEmployment Career Services, specifically for people with mental disabilities. is available at multiple sites in Chester and Montgomery counties, Services include individualized career assessment and planning, supported employment and education services, computer access and skill training. Ongoing peer support is available.
Career Link1855 New Hope St, Norristown, PA 19401. Ph: 610.270.3429. employment services for Pennsylvanians
Chester City Workforce Development Center701 Crosby St, Suite B, Chester, PA 19013. Ph:
Employment services and training in Chester County
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc201 W Front St, Media, PA 19063. Ph: 610.891.5101www.caadc.orgSupportive services to eligible residents of Delaware County. The Supportive Education and Employment Development Program (SEED) provides Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, job readiness training and job placement services. Other services include welfare to work initiatives, summer youth program and job development . Person must be referred by County Assistance Office (welfare) case worker..
DEC Works333 East Airy St, Norristown, PA 19401. Ph: 610.277.3122www.decworks.comSupported employment and sheltered workshop for Montgomery County residents with MH/MR
Elwyn111 Elwyn Rd, Media, PA 19063. Ph: 610.497.0320. www.elwyn.orgSkills and interest assessments, skills and soft skills training, job development, placement, on-the-job coaching and support.
Goodwill Employment Services1250 Virginia Dr, Suite 130, Fort Washington, PA 19034. Ph: 215.653.7095. www.yourgoodwill.orgCommunity employment in Montgomery and Bucks counties not including Pottstown. Employment office for adults with disabilities. Must be referred by CMHC case manager. Career Development department offers job training and placement services to individuals who suffer from a disability or disadvantage..
Handicrafters215 Barley Sheaf Rd, Thorndale, PA 19372. Ph: 610.384.6990www.handi-crafters.orgSheltered workshop for people who have mental or physical disabilities, recipients of public assistance and at-risk youth aged 14-21. Provides a structured and personal program of rehabilitation, vocational training and job placement . Referrals from a variety of Chester County agencies and the Norristown District Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Public or private funding must be arranged.
Hedwig House Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services109 Jenkins Ave, Suite 1, Lansdale, PA 19466. Ph: 215.362.2887.www.hedwighouse.orgPsychiatric Rehabilitation Services help adults living with severe mental illness achieve goals in the living, learning, working, and/or social domains. Our programs are centered around building and maintaining life skills in order for our participants to be a part of and contribute to the community. 
Horizon House120 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.Ph: 215.386.3838www.hhinc.orgHorizon House has responded to the needs of individuals by broadening its scope of programs and services for adults with behavioral health needs, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the homeless. Our goal is for everyone we serve to have the opportunity for growth, community, and a quality of life. Today, Horizon House serves more than 5,000 adults annually in Pennsylvania and Delaware through programs and services including: Community-Based Treatment, Employment and Education, Outpatient, Peer Support, Residential Treatment, Housing and Supported Living, Representative Payee, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Health, and Wellness
Mental Health Partnerships1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Ph: 215.751.1800www.mentalhealthpartnerships.orgAcross our 40 direct services, Mental Health Partnerships has sought to empower individuals with mental health issues to live full and satisfying lives, based on their specific needs and choices, all while remaining connected to their families, friendships and communities. A hallmark of everything we do is
Northwestern Human Services620 E Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. Ph: 888.647.0020. www.nhsonline.orgNHS empowers people by helping find jobs in the community. Our array of employment services are designed to support people as they progress into the community through integrated employment. Individuals choosing this service receive support from training specialists or job coaches at their work locations.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation1875 New Hope St, Norristown, PA 19401. Ph: people with MI to prepare for and find a career through testing, training and working with a job counselor. Serves Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County. To be eligible for OVR services you must 1) have a disability--a physical, mental, or emotional impairment which results in a substantial impediment to employment, and you can benefit in terms of an employment outcome from services provided, and 2) vocational rehabilitation services are required for you to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment.
Welcome House Clubhouse7700 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA 19082. Ph: House’s mission is to be a vital clubhouse community of Rehabilitation that offers respect, hope, mutuality and unlimited opportunity to persons recovering from mental illness in the worlds of work, housing, education, and friendships. Welcome House strives to follow the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, to focus on members’ abilities-not disabilities, and to foster initiative, cooperation and personal growth in all areas of our Clubhouse.



This table lists organizations that help individuals find volunteer opportunities.
Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia411 Dartmouth Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Ph: 610.541.0790. www.compeerfriends.orgCompeer matches caring adults in one-to-one, co-equal friendships with people of the same gender who are in mental health recovery.  We encourage volunteerism among caring adults and support from the local community.  We also train, guide and monitor volunteer relationships with Compeer friends. Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia currently supports friendship matches in Delaware County.
Greater Philadelphia Cares100 S Broad St, Suite 2200, Philadelphia, PA 19110. volunteer activities for a number of organizations.
Mental Health Partnerships of Southeastern PA1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19081. Ph: 610.541.0790. www.mentalhealthpartnerships.orgMental Health Partnerships contracts with people who have mental illness for volunteer and paid work.
United Way1709 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Ph: 215.665.2500www.volunteerway.orgConnects people to organizations in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties that need help.
Volunteer Match717 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108. www.volunteermatch.orgMatches volunteers with different volunteer opportunities.
Volunteering, GeneralMost community services organizations, hospitals and libraries have volunteering opportunities.